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The Mobile SHRM Chapter Newsletter
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Membership Renewal

It’s that time of year again! If you haven’t already paid your 2017 chapter dues, please log in to the website at and renew your membership. Annual dues are just $50. You can pay online or mail in a check. Either way, you do need to renew via the website.

Update Profile

While you’re logged in to renew your membership, please take a few minutes to verify or update your membership information! Please, please make sure that your profile has your current email and mailing address. If you are a National SHRM member, please enter your ID number in your profile. (at the bottom of page) Thank  you!

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Help Support USA SHRM

Jason DeliAtlanta Bread

Join us at on Thursday Jan. 26th from 5pm-10pm.
3756 Airport Blvd., Mobile, AL 36608
15% of proceeds will help the chapter compete in a regional case competition held in Houston, TX on March 10th-11th.

Be sure to state that you are there to support the USA SHRM Student Chapter when you check out!

Additional support opportunities:
-Atlanta Bread Company Feb. 9th from 5pm- 10pm
-Jason's Deli Feb. 23rd from 5pm-10pm


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SHRM Primary Chapter Designation

If you are a national SHRM member, please visit the SHRM website and designate Mobile SHRM as your primary chapter.


The primary chapter designation is important to Mobile SHRM for two reasons:

  • To remain affiliated with SHRM, at least 30% of our members must also be SHRM members.
  • SHRM reimburses chapters $10 per year per SHRM member, which helps keep our program costs low.


To designate Mobile SHRM as your primary chapter, please follow these steps: (You are not required to log in to complete this process.)

  • Click on “Communities”
  • Click on “Volunteer Leader Resource Center”
  • Click on “Resources”
  • Click on “Forms”
  • Click on “CDF-Primary Chapter Designation Form”
  • Chapter #: 176
  • Chapter Name: Mobile SHRM
  • Complete the remaining information and click “Submit.”
  • Chapter Name: Mobile SHRM
  • Complete the remaining information and click “Submit.”

We appreciate you taking the time to designate Mobile SHRM as your primary chapter!

Members may belong to more than one chapter, but may only designate one chapter as their primary chapter. The designation can be changed at any time.
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Governmental Affairs

ACA  - Approaching Deadline

aca deadlineUnder the Affordable Care Act, organizations that employ more than 50 people are required to report to the IRS on the health coverage offered to full-time associates. The Form 1095-C includes information about the health coverage offered to you and, if applicable, your family. (You may receive multiple Form 1095-Cs if you worked for multiple employers in 2016.) Some employees may need it to file their income tax.

Click on the link below to view IRS deadlines:
2017 Reporting Due Dates

Since the election, there has been a lot of chatter about repealing the ACA, but that will require congressional action, which would take time. So, I encourage you to meet the standing deadlines. It is the law.

Kay Watson, Governmental Affairs Director
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Diversity Spotlight

“Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” Barack Obama

“A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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Workforce Readiness Initiative for 2017

readingWe are grateful to those of you who participated in last year’s book drive to help ensure students in Mobile are able to read at the appropriate level by fourth grade. Because of your generosity, we were able to provide more than 600 books to children through the Boys and Girls Clubs of South Alabama and Morningside Elementary School.

Unfortunately, the literacy battle continues with data indicating approximately 66% of fourth graders in public schools nationwide are reading below proficient levels. If we do not ensure all children gain the appropriate reading skills to be successful, their future economic prospects will be dim and our economy will lag.

Mobile SHRM would like to continue the fight for reading proficiency through our Workforce Readiness Initiative for 2017. We are kicking off the initiative in March in honor of Dr. Seuss’s birthday and will continue through the end of the school year in May. We are asking members to volunteer to read to a class or group students for at least one hour during that time.

Our focus will be on students in K-3 classes attending public schools – particularly in underserved areas of our community. We will be happy to coordinate the scheduling for you or, if you prefer, you may schedule directly with a school of your choice. You may want to consider making this a company-wide initiative! Please report your hours to Mobile SHRM. We want to keep a record of our efforts.

For questions or more information, please contact Maria Harkins, Workforce Readiness Director at Let’s all work toward building a strong future workforce for Mobile!

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Door Prize Sponsors

Thank you

Thanks to the companies that provided door prizes for our January chapter meeting!!

ESS (Employment Screening Services)
MTI Business Solutions

Door Prize Request

Members love door prizes! We’d love it if you’d bring a door prize to share at an upcoming meeting! No prior arrangements are necessary – just drop off your door prize at the check-in table. You’ll be recognized at the meeting and in the newsletter.


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The Mobile, Alabama chapter of SHRM exists to promote quality human resource practice among local industries, businesses, educational institutions, and government agencies. We bring together leading practitioners to provide education, networking and discussion of various human resource topics and to identify the best practices for all aspects of human resource and industrial relations work.

6300 Grelot Rd., Suite G 102, Mobile, AL 36609